PHILADELPHIA - Despite three individual wins from Shelby Fortin and a fourth win as part of a relay team, the Penn women's swimming team was dealt a 159-140 defeat on Friday afternoon by the visiting Columbia Lions at Sheerr Pool. Lauren Church, Christina Hurley and Dayae Choi also added wins for the Quakers on the day.
After a promising start in the 200 Medley Relay, Penn's 'A' team fell behind and couldn't make up the deficit despite a blistering final 50 meters from Emily Baturka, beginning the afternoon by settling for second place in 1:46.77, narrowly behind the Columbia 'A' team that came in at 1:46.43. Annie McCotter nabbed Penn's second runner-up finish of the day in the 1000 Freestyle, closing out the grueling event in 10:17.14.
Fortin showed no fatigue from last week's Total Performance Invitational, winning the first race of the day for the Red and Blue in the 200 Freestyle (1:50.51). Sydney Stinner was not far behind in second place, touching the wall in 1:52.98. Church then made it two in a row for the Quakers, grabbing the win in the 100 Backstroke (57.06).
After a second place swim from Katherine Ashenfelter in the 100 Breaststroke (1:08.04), Hurley and Baturka came in first and second in the 50 Freestyle. The duo broke away from the pack with Hurley winning in 23.92 and Baturka just behind at 24.07. After a brief rest while diving took center stage, Hurley was back at it, placing second in the 100 Freestyle (52.30) behind Choi, who set a personal best with her winning time of 52.10.
Fortin followed with victories in both the 200 Backstroke (2:02.99) and 500 Freestyle (5:00.26), but Columbia took control with strong performances in both the 100 Butterfly and 200 IM to open up a lead that Penn couldn't overcome despite a win in the day's final race, the 200 Freestyle Relay. Fortin, Choi, Hurley and Baturka fittingly closed out their afternoons with an easy win, dispatching their counterparts from Columbia by over a second-and-a-half. The group submitted a time of 1:35.58 to get the victory.
Penn takes a break for the upcoming holidays and will resume training in January with a trip to Florida. The Quakers are back in action on Jan. 12, hosting Dartmouth and Yale at Sheerr Pool beginning at 10 a.m. in what will be the final home meet of the year.